One of the top high schools in the country is Bradenton (FL) IMG Academy, which features future D-1 players at almost every position. The Badgers have secured one of the leaders on their defense in senior middle linebacker Nick Thomas back in early June. Now, Thomas updates how his senior season has went and his performance thus far.
“I feel I’ve done good,” Thomas told Badger Nation. “With the interior guys we have we have shut down the inside run on all the teams. The games that I have played entirely, which is only one or two, have a good amount of tackles, like 14 against Prestonwood Christian in Texas. As a team, we’ve done good. We had one week where we messed up, but we’ve come back strong since then and we plan to continue this season.”
With official visits underway, many prospects are working to finalize their plans to Madison, but the 6-2, 215-pound hard-hitting linebacker set his stone very early and looks forward to seeing again his future home once again.
“I set my official back during the summer,” said Thomas, who took an unofficial visit to Madison back in June. “I’m going on my bye week, which is the Maryland game and homecoming game on October 25. I can’t wait for that official visit for sure.”
One of the reasons Thomas – a three-star prospect - committed to the program was his relationship with Wisconsin defensive coordinator Dave Aranda. Talking on an almost weekly basis about everything from football to their families, Thomas is excited to graduate early and starting working with the defense in January.
“My relationship is good with Coach Aranda,” said Thomas. “He is a great guy and always keeping up with my games and messaging me afterward and then calling every week. He is a great guy and I appreciate that as a recruiter.”
As the No. 43 middle linebacker in the nation by Scout.com, Thomas still knows teams might want him and has a few teammates in his ear, but he is staying loyal and honoring his pledge to the Badgers.
“I’m committed to Wisconsin, but my teammates are trying hard to get me to flip to their team,” said Thomas. “Mirko (Jurkovic) wants me to go to Nebraska with him and Ryan Fines wants me to go to Miami with him. If other schools were to offer me, I would consider it for my brothers, but I am committed to Wisconsin. No new schools have contacted me and there is no significant interest from anyone. Most recruiters have backed off since I have committed.”